John Travolta shared a touching tribute on Wednesday, a heartfelt message that brought to mind his late wife, Kelly Preston. The actor remembered Bill Kenwright, an English West End theater producer and movie producer who was also the chairman of Everton FC. In an emotional Instagram post, John expressed his gratitude for the kindness Bill had shown to both Kelly and himself.
With a photo of Bill, the mastermind behind iconic productions like “Blood Brothers,”Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “Evita,” John wrote: “In fond memory of producer Bill Kenwright. Dear Bill, we will miss you and can’t thank you enough for your kindness to Kelly and myself. We’ll see you down the road, Love, JT.”
Bill Kenwright passed away at the age of 78, marking the end of his two-decade tenure as chairman of the English soccer club Everton FC. Everton Football Club issued a statement expressing their grief, sharing that Bill had peacefully passed away, surrounded by family and loved ones.
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Bill’s family, which includes his partner, actress Jenny Seagrove, and his daughter, Lucy Kenwright, also released a statement, describing him as a devoted partner, father, grandfather, and friend. They spoke of his unwavering dedication to his passions, including theatre, film, music, and Everton, and the families they created. Bill’s impact on the arts industry was profound, both in launching careers and his enduring loyalty, generosity, friendship, and support.
The world of entertainment also mourned Bill’s passing, with Sir Ian McKellen expressing his gratitude for Bill’s contributions to the industry. He highlighted Bill’s role in supporting and promoting theater in London and the regions, showcasing his resilient commitment to the art form. Bill’s legacy includes numerous iconic productions, from the enduring “Blood Brothers” to his sponsorship of the Peter Hall Company.
Bill Kenwright’s profound passion for both theater and soccer left a permanent mark on the entertainment world. His memory will be cherished by those who knew him and all those he touched through his remarkable work and undying support.